How to Clean Your Gutters in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Nov 06, 2016

The task that many homeowners dread—gutter cleaning—doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are five easy steps to clean your gutters!

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It’s that time of year: gutter cleaning time. While many put this off until the last minute and avoid it at all costs, cleaning your gutters is crucial before the rain and snow come. During this time of year, it is just getting cool with some rain showers. Before the downpours really begin coming down, take some time to clean your gutters or risk some of the problems clogged gutters cause:

  • Damage to landscaping

  • Damage to siding

  • Damage to your foundation

You should typically clean your gutters about one to two times a year, or more, if they sit under trees. After a large storm, it is always good to check your gutters to make sure they are still draining well.

 

When it comes time to actually clean them, make sure you have the appropriate supplies on hand to get the job done right. Here are the following items that are suggested for cleaning your gutters:

  1. Ladder

  2. Bucket

  3. Small plastic scoop or child’s sand shovel

  4. Wear a shirt with long sleeves

  5. Hose

  6. Rubber gloves

Step One: Set-up the ladder and make sure it is on a flat, secure surface. If possible, have someone hold the ladder. Put on your long-sleeve shirt and gloves, as well as secure your bucket to your ladder with a wire hook so you can easily access it
Step Two: Remove any twigs, leaves, and dirt with your scoop and gloved hands, and put them into your bucket.
Step Three: Then take your hose and flush out any other debris. If the water doesn’t drain properly through the downspout, then there is most likely a clog.
Step Four: To break up a clog, remove the end of the downspout and flush with water. If that still does not remove the clog, then you may have to resort to the full power of a plumber’s snake. 
Step Five: When you run water throughout your gutters, take note of any leaks and use gutter sealant to patch them up.

*Tip: check the weather before cleaning your gutters as if it has rained recently, the debris will be a lot harder to remove than if it was dry.

 

However, if you cannot clean your own gutters or climbing a ladder is not for you, then consider hiring a professional. This can cost anywhere from $50-$250, based on the size and height of your house.

 

Want to slow the clogging in your gutters or live under a lot of trees? Consider trying gutter covers, which can be easy to install and help keep large items from getting into your gutters. Do keep in mind though that gutter covers do not mean you are exempt from cleaning your gutters. They often cost more than the gutters themselves and need maintenance as well.

 

Therefore, consider which options that are best suited for you and your home to keep your landscape, siding, and foundation from deteriorating faster.

 

*Please take precaution when using this information, as Pekin Insurance is simply using it to provide general guidance to homeowners. Adhere to proper safety precautions and exercise caution when taking on any project. Should you question or doubt any aspect of the project, consult a licensed professional to avoid getting injured.

 

  

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